Learning and development professionals continue to rely heavily on established practice and intuition. Yet, clear research makes the case for doing things differently. In 2020, business leaders will realize that the organization can evaluate learning data in a similar way to financial performance data. Learning will move away from its traditional focus on intuition, opinion and quick fixes. Learning sciences, including educational psychology , cognitive sciences, brain and behavioral sciences, will contribute more to learning and development practice.
Too often, learning professionals have rejected evidence, on the grounds that it may not apply to their organization. Now, the favored approach will be to try out evidence-based learning content and delivery, gather more evidence and tweak until the learning is effective. Learning professionals must be critical about the evidence of learning and constantly challenge their own thinking.